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A year of breakfasts

A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a… CONTINUE READING

10 years

10 years

March 20, 2018 |  Category:   life me rambling

All winter, I’d been keenly aware that the 10 year anniversary of this blog was coming up in March. I knew I wanted to write a post to commemorate it, but it felt like a daunting task. Like anything in life when you’re marking a significant milestone, the weight of self-reflection is heavy. 10 years. Where were we then? Where are we now? When I read the very first post on this blog, I think back to what a scary and confusing time that was, when the economy was tanking and Mark got laid off from a new job after finally finding the motivation to leave his long-time restaurant pastry chef position. But there’s also an optimism and excitement in… CONTINUE READING

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

February 10, 2018 |  Category:   life

I’ve been sitting on these photos from the Chrysanthemum Show at the New York Botanical Garden for two months and finally got a chance to look through the images. This is a yearly event at the Garden and one I look forward to every November. The variety of specimens, colors and shapes are truly incredible, and the way the expert gardeners train the flowers into pyramids, lattices and other forms make for a dazzling display. I do appreciate the art of how these flowers are meticulously trained, but for me, the blooms themselves——which can grow as big as a very large grapefruit——are the real star.… CONTINUE READING

the new year

the new year

January 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We’re settling into a deep winter slumber of cold weather hibernation that’s brought on partly from post-holiday let down and partly from unbearably cold temperatures. No need to bore you with details as I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos and memes of this atypical East Coast cold snap, but it’s been very cold, considering we had such a warm Fall. But I guess we were due for a cold winter after the string of recent mild ones. De-Christmasing the house (and I do kind of love that word, “de-Christmas”) is always a little bittersweet, but it felt really good to clean up and remove all traces of the holiday this morning. Not without wrangling the brittle tree, of course.… CONTINUE READING

Life lately, Fall edition

Life lately, Fall edition

November 17, 2017 |  Category:   life

Seemed like we kept waiting for Fall to happen here in New York. An endless string of 70 degree days, well into deep October, and the trees hadn’t gotten the memo to change colors. Then one day it did and it got cold overnight, and we pulled out our boots and scarves and wondered if that was it. I know it’s technically still Fall, but the darkness that settles amid the late afternoon shadows around 4:30 makes it feel like it’s already winter. It never got cold enough when it counted for the leaves to give us their usual show of colors and for that reason it feels like we got ripped off of our favorite season. This Fall has… CONTINUE READING

Summer’s midpoint

Summer’s midpoint

August 4, 2017 |  Category:   life

Like a broken record, we all collectively wonder…where did the summer go? We’re technically at summer’s midpoint and there are still 5 weeks left before school starts, but psychologically, August feels like the beginning of the end. Why is that? There’s been a very familiar rhythm to our lives for quite some time. Familiar routines and schedules, just different years. While in one sense it’s comforting and even desired when you’re raising kids, it’s also oddly suffocating. I know that sounds contradictory, but all I can say is that I’m ready for some sort of shake up in my life – and not the bad kind that has plagued our family recently, but the good kind…the exciting and scary kind.… CONTINUE READING

the start of summer (plus a sale)

the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we're having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods. It's summer. Now that July is here and we've settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I'm hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those "heads down and work" kind of months for both… CONTINUE READING

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

Spring. At last.

Spring. At last.

April 5, 2017 |  Category:   life

Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not… CONTINUE READING

March.

March.

March 14, 2017 |  Category:   art + design life

I’ve made it no secret that March is my least favorite month. Spring can’t come soon enough and the balance of everything, it seems, hangs ever so precariously during this month. It happens every year, which is odd – some sort of rhythmic cycle that I can’t make sense of. While some things are out of my control, I’ve been staying creative to keep myself grounded. Picked up drawing again (will post those at a later date) and have been keeping up the daily habit of drawing every day (usually late at night), A few months ago, I also started playing around with digital collages. Coincidentally, this is exactly how I taught myself photoshop in the mid-90s when Photoshop was… CONTINUE READING

immigration stories, and on being the first

immigration stories, and on being the first

February 24, 2017 |  Category:   family growing up half life remembering

I shared this image that I created on Instagram last week a few days after my grandmother died. She was 94 when she passed away and lived a far longer life than I think anyone would have expected, given that she outlived pretty much all her peers. Still, as ready as she was to go, a death of a loved one – whether or not we are prepared for it – is always hard. We’ve lost quite a few family members over the last few years and the girls have gone to more funerals than I ever have at that age. Death was such an abstract concept to me as a child because I never experienced that kind of loss… CONTINUE READING

A birthday snow day

A birthday snow day

February 10, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc

A rare snow day for NYC public schools yesterday was a good reason for all of us to play hooky and take the day off, especially since we were celebrating a 13th birthday. The kid always wanted a snow day for her birthday. What better age to have your wish granted than the one where you enter teenagedom? This snow storm was pretty tame compared to ones we’ve had before, and the girls have certainly walked to school in much worse conditions. Snow days in NYC are pretty rare. When we got outside, we saw that the streets were efficiently plowed and public transportation was running delightfully smooth and on time. But honestly, I think perhaps the mayor was feeling… CONTINUE READING

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